We Heart It Community Spotlight: Salli Mandel

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While covering New York Fashion Week last month, we spotted a photographer outside Lincoln Center, snapping street style pics right alongside the pros. Obviously we just had to stop her–and were shocked to find out style blogger Salli Mandel of Style by Salli is only 15!

If you’ve ever wondered how to go from casual consumer to fashion blogger extraordinaire, read on — she’s got tons of tips for appropriate school shopping, getting creative with clothes and how she plans to turn her love of fashion into a career.

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Hey Salli — thanks for chatting with us! Let’s start with the basics: what’s your favorite part of picking out your outfit and getting dressed in the morning?

I actually pick out my outfit the night before, or have an idea as to what I want to wear. Maybe I want to highlight a certain jacket, shoes or accessory. I love experimenting and trying new things [and] I’ve tried a ton of different styles. I usually pick out one item I know I want to wear, and then build around it accordingly. It’ so much fun to see what I can come up with, especially when I layer things, crop things, or sort of make items “different” so that I can get a ton of looks out of one item.

We know you write a lot about your favorite budget fashion websites — what the items you couldn’t live without, if you could only pick five?

My top 5 fashion favorites at the moment are:

  1. My black sandals from ASOS (that were only $13!). They go with everything (no exaggeration) and are super easy to walk around in all day.
  2. My black Céline nano. It’s important to have a basic bag. I invested in mine so I could get one I knew wouldn’t go out of style and that I could keep using a ton.
  3. A vest. Whether it be the infamous J. Crew herringbone vest, that I luckily grabbed at a sale over the summer, or a cheaper Old Navy vest, I find myself layering vests into my Fall and Winter wardrobes a ton. They are really versatile, especially a good black or navy one, and can be worn in so many different ways.
  4. A t-shirt dress. On those days when I can barely get myself out of bed to go to school, I like to wear something casual that is easy to just hop into and go. I love Brandy Melville t-shirt dresses because they’re really soft and are the perfect length for school. Pop one on, slide into some cute sandals, tie a plaid around your waist, and you’re good-to-go.
  5. My J. Crew field jacket. I have one in green that was a total score from the J. Crew Factory store and I’m so happy I got it when I did! It’s the cutest jacket and is perfect for layering over a button down, shift dress, or even a crop top.

How did you decide to start a blog? Have you always been a creative person?

Ever since I was little, I’ve been really creative. When I discovered blogs, I decided it was the perfect thing for me because it was something that would make me really happy and also help me later in my life, applying to colleges and making connections in the fashion industry.

What do you like to do, besides blog, to be creative and experiment with different mediums?

The three major things in my life at the moment are blogging, horseback riding, and school. I have a horse so that takes up almost all the free time that isn’t devoted to school or blogging. I’m totally okay with it because I love it! I love hanging out with my friends and living in a city makes it that much easier.*

*(Salli lives in Washington DC)

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You attended Fashion Week in NY this year — tell us about that! How did you get hooked up with such an amazing gig? Any advice for aspiring fashion bloggers?

Yes! I’m super passionate about my blog and I want it to go far (like every other blogger out there). It’s sort of a confusing story, but I was emailed by a photographer’s assistant just to say hello and that she saw my blog and wanted to introduce me to the photographer. Of course, I was excited and got to talking with her and they said that they had a spot on their team to come photograph street style at NYFW. She asked me some questions about what I would add to the team and what my strengths and weaknesses are, and not long after she said I would be a perfect fit! I was ecstatic and I knew it would be an incredible experience.

I really put myself out there with my blog and try to make as many connections as I can with other bloggers, businesses, and photographers. While going into the shows is amazing, it’s really hard to come by tickets and invites like I did. I got a ton of emails and comments on my blog and Instagram about “how I got in” and other questions after I announced the news. My advice is to really get yourself out there and take as many opportunities as you can. They’ll start coming more if you really get people’s attention.

I had planned, if I wasn’t invited into the shows at Fashion Week, to just go and take street style pictures outside the tent, just so I could experience it. I recommend doing that, especially if it isn’t a huge hassle to get to the city, because while the shows were an amazing experience, I met more people outside the tent while shooting street style than when I was inside. I met a ton of bloggers and other people who would approach me, or I would approach them, and we’d exchange cards. That was the most inspiring part of my trip because connections are a huge part of blogging and being in the fashion industry.

Who are you favorite people to follow on We Heart It and what types of images do you typically gravitate towards?

I’m actually a fairly recent user of We Heart It, but I’m already addicted. My Friday night? Spent scrolling and clicking on the site (#noshame). I love searching for style pictures that incorporate items that I already own, so I can discover more ways to style them! I especially love street style pictures because I find them the most inspiring. My absolute favorit eperson I’m following is Mauu_W (aka Fashion Police because the style pictures are so cute and I seriously could heart every single image.)

You’re only 15, but have you started thinking about a career yet? How important to you is being creative in the future?

I have a huge dreams for myself, which can sometimes be disappointing, but overall I think it makes me work harder to make them come true. I dream to be a fashion business owner, but I want my blog to always be a part of my life. I hope to study business in college and hopefully travel around a lot. I’m a traveling addict and Europe is my absolute favorite place on Earth. Like they say, you can take a girl out of Europe, but you can’t take Europe out of a girl! I always want to use my creative skills, so a job that doesn’t involve my creativity is probably not the job for me!

If you’ve got a style blog, link us to it in the comments, or drop a line for Salli. And of course, don’t forget to follow her on We Heart It!

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We Heart It Community Spotlight: Tashina Combs

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In our last We Heart It Community Spotlight, we featured the spectacular Marie Brudevold. Luckily, at We Heart It, there is no shortage of amazing, inspirational users, so we’re happy to introduce to you Tashina Combs, the writer behind the vegan beauty and lifestyle blog, Logical Harmony.

Our friends at I Heart Daily chatted with Tashina about her inspirations, gold spray paint and her current beauty must-haves.

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How did you find out about We Heart It?
I honestly cannot even remember because I have been using it for so long—literally for years!  Between the web browser and iPhone app, I’m on the site several times a day! I use the app during my daily commute, and then hop onto the web browser at some point in the morning or evening as well. I’m seriously addicted.


What do you love about the site?

I love that it lets me easily save and share inspiring images. It’s a great way to create vision and inspiration boards for different areas of life. I also love that it’s so easy to find images that appeal to you.


Who are some of your favorite people to follow, and why?

My favorites are Lauren Cosenza, Put Your Lipstick On, and ZOVA Fitness. Each one speaks to a different side of me. Lauren has awesome beauty images, Put Your Lipstick On has great fashion and house posts, and ZOVA really keeps me motivated with my workouts!

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What types of photos inspire you to post to your page?
I love photos that make me feel good! Beautiful locations, cute animals, fresh fruit… I also really enjoy photos that are beauty and fashion related and can help inspire my own style.


Do you prefer expressing yourself through photos or words?
Both. As a blogger, I express myself through writing. However, not everything can be appropriately expressed through words. Sometimes you just need a photo.


How would you describe your aesthetic?
Girly and fun. I love pastels, pink, and florals. I also love fitness, so there’s a lot of workout-related hearts on my canvas as well.


What was the last photo you hearted and what do you love about it?
A watercolor of a fox with raw crystals all around it. I just thought it was a great representation of nature, harmony, and positive creative energy.


What kinds of creative things do you do offline in your daily life?

Offline, I do a lot of cooking, recipe creations and small DIY projects. These projects usually involve another addiction of mine—gold spray paint. Each week I publish a new recipe on my blog, Logical Harmony, so I’m constantly coming up with new recipes, trying them, and photographing them.


You’re way into beauty—any favorite products to share?

Right now, I’m really into the Sibu Beauty skincare line. Since I started using it, my skin has never looked better! Other favorites are the Babette lipstick from Lime Crime, Better Than Sex mascara from Too Faced, and the nail polishes I Only Fly Private and Blush Boudoir Pink from NCLA. I love simple and natural products too, so I am rarely without cornstarch to use as a dry shampoo and coconut oil to moisturize and remove makeup.


Is there a quote or motto that sums up your feelings about life?
Gabrielle Bernstein said: “I am not the victim. I am the lighthouse.” Gabby has been a huge source of inspiration in my life and I love this quote because it’s a reminder that it’s important to rise above and always choose love over fear. We all have this amazing light inside of us—you need to let it out!

We Heart It Community Spotlight: Marie Brudevold

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In a new blog series, we’re featuring hearters whose profiles inspire us. First up: Marie Brudevold, who fills her canvas with wanderlust and wild spirit. Obviously, we love her. Right up our alley! We wanted to get to know her more, and asked our friends at I Heart Daily to ask her a few questions.

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I Heart Daily: How did you find out about We Heart It?
Marie B: I found it through a blog I followed many years ago, it was love and one big heart from me at first sight! It’s such a source for inspiration, a place where you can lose yourself in dreams and ideas, and of course share your own dreams and inspire other with your own pics. Oh, I can browse on We Heart It for hours! I’m on the site almost daily. I turn to it when I’m at home on the couch with my MacBook, looking for pictures that can describe my mood.

IHD: Who are some of your favorite people to follow, and why?
MB: Mikson, she finds the most beautiful and telling pictures in the exact same style as I like ’em. http://weheartit.com/mikson

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IHD: How would you describe your aesthetic?
MB: I’m attracted to melancholy images. When feelings are involved, when there’s a story behind a picture. But I also love art that is inspiring and happy, and I like pictures with people. I always sit and think about what the people in the pictures are doing for a living. Who they are, what they’re thinking.

IHD: What was the last photo you hearted and what do you love about it?
MB: Oh, that’s… My own, haha. (http://weheartit.com/entry/114030920/via/supermarie) I love the beauty of it, the light and the magic, made by our Earth.

IHD: What kinds of creative things do you do offline?
MB: I take a lot of pictures, mostly for my blog www.supermarie.no, and I love to decorate my home. I also go for walks in the mountains or the forest–Norway has so many places to go for beautiful walks in the nature, and that’s where I’m the most creative.

IHD: Is there a quote or motto that sums up your feelings about life?
MB: Don’t count your days, make your days count.

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So, How Was Your Escape?

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Last week we asked you, our community, to dream up your ideal spring escape with us. By no surprise, we were floored with your creativity. Over 12,000 of you created collections inspired by the escape of a lifetime. Whether your motive was adventure or relaxation, location was sandy or concrete, or filled with beaches or books, we enjoyed flipping through your collections and re-hearting to a collection of our ownWe were especially inspired by the bright colors of spring, white sandy beaches, road trips with amazing friends, and staying up late to catch the stars.

Check out some of the most popular collections from hearters worldwide.

 

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Our friends also joined in on the fun and came up with collections of their own…

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Thanks so much for your feedback and making the most wondrous collections. Be sure to leave us a comment on what you think the next collection theme should be.


Until next time!

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